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Another Hewitt Heads to the Hall

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by Mike Ulmer

(TORONTO) -- Bill Hewitt, a member of Canada's first family of hockey broadcasting and a longtime voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been elected to the broadcasting wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Hewitt family will accept the Foster Hewitt Memorial award at a luncheon on Monday, November 12 as part of the Hall's induction weekend.

The Award is reserved for members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and to hockey.

It is, of course, named after Bill's father Foster the pioneer of sports broadcasting in Canada.

A graduate of Upper Canada College in Toronto, Foster William Alfred ‘Bill' Hewitt got his first broadcasting break early.

Each year, Foster would give him one minute of air time as part of "Young Canada Hockey Night."

A graduate of Upper Canada College, Hewitt began to make his mark in the family business as an announcer at CJRL in Kenora, Ontario. Those jobs were followed by stints in Owen Sound, Barrie and finally Toronto. By the late 1950s, he had become Hockey Night in Canada's television voice of the Maple Leafs. He remained the club's broadcaster until 1982 when a blood disorder ended the Hewitt's broadcasting dynasty.

"He had the most pure voice and approach that I have ever heard," said Leafs TV senior broadcast producer Mark Askin. "There was no bantering with the colour man, it was just pure hockey. He was one of a kind, one the most gentle people on earth."

Hewitt died on Christmas Day, 1996.

"The NHL Broadcasters' Association is proud to posthumously honour Bill Hewitt, who like his father, was extremely influential in the rise in hockey interest all over Canada and the United States," said Chuck Kaiton, President, NHL Broadcasters' Association. "Taking over from Foster, as Bill did on television in the late 1950s, his voice became synonymous with Hockey Night in Canada for almost three decades."

Veteran Washington Times beat writer Dave Fay was named the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for outstanding work by print journalists.

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